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1  Re: Christmas Crackers/Bangers Tutorial in Winter Holidays by BeccaJaneStClair on: January 03, 2011 04:11:01 PM
I made 14 of them for our family Christmas to distribute Mozart Kugel my husband and I brought back from Austria. My SIL told me mine looked just like store-bought/professional crackers!



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2  Re: International Snack Swap 2 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by BeccaJaneStClair on: November 21, 2010 05:38:33 PM
Piiiiiics



Here's what I saw when I opened the MASSIVE package from h-chan


Part 1: a red candy dish to match my kitchen, snickers, PRETZEL M&Ms (OMG SO TASTY! NEED MORE!!), Pop Tarts, Twizzlers, Candy Corn, and Pop Drops (never heard of them!)


Part 2: inside the candy dish is some Pink Lemonaide drink packets!  Cookie Dough bites, Sugar Babies (which my husband devoured when we went to see Harry Potter), Ranch Dressing (!!!), Chex, Pretzels, and Goldfish.


Part 3: Flavoured coffee drinks!! Pepermint Mocha (mmm, my favourite), Hazlenut, and Vanilla.  And some Raspberry Tea Crystal Light

Oh, and the cutest part?  at the bottom of the box:



Thanks h-chan!!  I'm working on your crafty part right now!!
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3  Re: The Fastest Wedding Dress.... in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by BeccaJaneStClair on: October 26, 2010 01:51:41 PM
Thanks! We call that picture the "Princess Popcicle" picture because I felt like a princess in my dress and I was getting cold! Cheesy

Here's my favourite wedding pic:
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4  Our DIY Wedding (5 November 2009) [image heavy!] in Weddings and Bridal Showers by BeccaJaneStClair on: October 26, 2010 01:49:00 PM
I know, I've been away for a while. I don't know why when I was doing all the DIY for the wedding I didn't make myself active again, but I didn't.  And as our first anniversary is coming up, I thought it was time to share the DIY wedding!  We got engaged on September 24, 2009, and picked our wedding date around October 2, so we had ~5 weeks to do it all....including finding a reception site, booking the JoP, and sending out invites! Oh my!  I didn't even know getting married was on Tim's mind when he proposed, and had assumed we wouldn't be getting engaged until Summer 2010, so I had nothing on my mind regarding a wedding, but somehow, we pulled it off!

Invites:
I bought an "invitation kit" at 50% off from JoAnn that had the invitations and the envelopes, a packet of vellum sheets from AC Moore, some $0.50 ribbon, a butterfly stamp, and a purple stamp pad. I ordered response postcards for "free" from vista print. I stamped out the butterflies while watching TV in the evening over 2 days, and then my mom and I put the invitations together in about an hour. Total cost for invites: $21


(in case you were wondering, we got married on 5 November, but held the reception for my family on 6 November so we used my married name on the invites. We held a separate reception in the UK for Tim's family this past April, using the same invites (obviously with the date/place changed))



My mom, aunt, and I made my dress, though it was mostly my mom. I have a post about it in the sewing section, but here's a finished pic of the dress anyway:



Flowers:
A friend of mine used to arrange flowers, so she helped. I knew I wanted silk flowers so I could use them at the wedding and both receptions.  The theme of the wedding became butterflies, and my husband is a train enthusiast (and a signalman), so I wanted to give him a surprise on his buttonhole.



I wanted something to honour my dad, so I attached a button from his dress uniform:


Tim's buttonhole surprise:


His dad's buttonhole:
http://www.beccajanestclair.com/wedding/billbout.jpg

Corsages for my mom, his mum, and my aunt:


And the flowers for the attendants (a Maid of Honour and a Best Woman):


For the guest book, I took pages for what will be the wedding scrapbook and made guest pages to sign:


Favours:



Toasting Flutes:


Gift baskets for Attendants:


Menu (all food was DIY):


The amazing cake my friend made (pics make it look blue, but it was purple):


And I think that covers everything.  Oh, and I made a holder for my bouquet at the reception by adding ribbon to a mug:




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5  The Fastest Wedding Dress.... in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by BeccaJaneStClair on: October 26, 2010 01:25:01 PM
When we got engaged towards the end of September 2009, my mom offered to make my dress, thinking that it would be months off. Then, we sprung on her that actually, we were going to get married on November 5 2009.  So...the dress making began! 

I won't bore you with all the photos of it step-by-step, but I've got a few hilarious stories to go along with making a wedding dress in 5 weeks:

-JoAnn Fabric "couldn't find" the fabric I wanted, but knew it was in stock when we called one store from another.  Mom and I drove over and found the fabric exactly where it was supposed to be.

-We broke a sewing machine (and still haven't gotten it fixed)

-Zipper foots are not "clip on, clip off" as previously stated in the directions. 

-Helpful when making a dress for a short person to remember this and NOT make it an extra foot long

-Even hemlines? What are those?  My dress dipped in the back, but I didn't care.


Also, I didn't want to be a traditional bride in white, or even in a traditional gown.  I was 30, marrying a 39 yr old, and we were having a very private ceremony with witnesses and parents followed by receptions in the US and UK.  Since I wasn't having any attendants, I wanted to wear the colour! 

This is the pattern I picked:


And a few pics of making it:


We had to use my aunt's ping pong table to lay out the fabric


My mom and aunt hard at work


It took all three of us to put the hem in, as the bottom measured over 200 inches

And, the finished product:

(apologies if this pic was huge)

And, because I wanted Tim to match, I made him a tie:

Which was actually really hard to do. I took one of my uncle's ties apart to make the pattern, but getting that point done and the neck curve was hard!
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6  Re-invented Martha Stewart Ornament in Winter Holidays by BeccaJaneStClair on: October 26, 2010 12:59:04 PM
I got married in November 2009 (yeah, I've been away for a while!)  and my mom made my dress.  I picked purple for my wedding dress since we were having a small wedding, I don't like white, and purple is my favourite colour.  

While we were at KMart looking at decorations, we spotted this absolutely hideous sewing basket ornament and I thought to myself "I can make this better!".

On the left, the original ugly ornament and on the right, my re-design made to reflect the making of my dress:



I think the only part still original is the basket, spools, and the pin cushion (though I did swap the top for a swatch of dress fabric)! I very carefully peeled it apart to discover that the whole thing was only hot glued together, which made it really easy for me to pull apart and re-do.  I used pins we used while making the dress, and re-wrapped the spools with leftover thread.  The small spool of ribbon was made by making 2 small circles out of card stock and using some scrapbook "pop up" foams to make the middle.  The ribbon wasn't used in my dress, but it was used in other wedding projects. In the back, I glued in one of our match book notebook favours, and I added the two flags as my husband is British and I am American.  

My mom loved it so much, she didn't put it away with her ornaments!
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7  Re: Favorite Band Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BeccaJaneStClair on: January 10, 2008 11:19:50 AM
I got my angel package from mamaedgar today. I love it when we have a substitute postal person, because he actually brings packages to our door.  Anyway.

My band is BNL. I love BNL so much, I'm headed out in about 17 days to be on a cruise ship with them for five days Cheesy

here's what I got. Pardon the lighting. It's an overcast day, and I broke my overhead light, so I'm dealing with just using a regular lamp:



She took the cover art from Barenaked Ladies are Me, Barenaked Ladies are Men,and Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan and made a collage-y notebook - perfect for me to take on the cruise to keep track of everything I do! 

She also sent me a necklace with matching earrings and she made the beads with images from the covers of the CDs  - My favorites are the ones with the Michigan mitten! Cheesy

And the last item was a lobster plushie created off the lobster on the front of BLAMEN

Details, slightly blurry, but you can see the beads better:


And the Lobster:


Thanks!! 
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8  Birth Mother Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BeccaJaneStClair on: January 04, 2008 07:32:35 AM
A friend of mine is adopting a baby from a 15 yr old girl who she knows through another relative, and she wanted to give the birth mom something special to remember her child by and as a thank you for allowing her and her husband to adopt (they've been trying to have a baby for several years now).

My friend found a poem online for a "birth mom bracelet", and sent it to me, and asked if I could make something for her to give her.


Here's the poem:
-The heart is to remind us that our hearts deserve a safe
place, where we will be treated with kindness, where
we give kindness in return.
-The pearl is to remind us that we are valuable in
the lives of our children.
-The diamond (actually an Austrian crystal) is to
remind us that we are all diamonds in the rough,
and that sometimes we need to dig deep to
find the treasure in others and ourselves.
- The leaf is to remind us that there are many seasons
to our lives, times of growth, of flourishing, of letting
go and quiet waiting.
-The star is to remind us to give word to our wishes
and dreams.
-The teardrop is to remind us that tears of sadness
and laughter are cleansing, and are important to shed.
- The rose quartz is said to promote healing of
heartache and loneliness.
- The ring is to remind us of the love we have for our
children and the commitment we have made to be
a loving presence in their lives.
- And finally, these beads are strung on a fine wire cable,
to remind all birthmothers that they are connected,
and that we are stronger together than we are apart.

After much scouring of my stash, and three different online bead sites, I came up with this:




The pink and blue beads are druk glass, as is the leaf.  The pearl, "diamond",and teardrop are Swarovski, and the silver beads are sterling sliver. My Quartz turned out to be loads larger than we had thought (the site said it was 18mm, and it really is nearly 2cm long!), so it wound up being the centerpiece for the bracelet.  The "ring" is actually the loop side of a small toggle clasp.

I really hope my friend and the birth mother like it!
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9  Re: Hot Chocolate Spoons in Winter Holidays by BeccaJaneStClair on: December 21, 2007 11:56:23 AM
hehe! I was just going to post about making chocolate spoons for my mom's co-workers, but I'll just add my photo to your post:



I used milk chocolate and white chocolate on all of them. 


Her co-workers loved it and the ones who didn't get it (we made these for the girls she's the boss of) wanted some! 

We paired them with chocolate covered pretzels:


and put them in small stockings with their names on in glitter (I didn't get a photo of those)
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10  Kitchen Angels with tutorial in Winter Holidays by BeccaJaneStClair on: December 21, 2007 11:51:50 AM
One of my cousins made "kitchen angels" for all our aunts this year at Thanksgiving,and my aunt wanted to send some to our relatives who didn't make it to Thanksgiving, and asked me to figure them out:

Here's the original:



We went to the dollar store and found everything we needed (except for the ribbon, I pulled that out of my stash).

You'll need:
1 wooden spoon
1 tea towel
1 pot holder (preferably matching the towel)
1 rubber band
about 6 inches of star garland
hot glue gun
ribbon

Take your tea towel and fold it in half, then fold accordion style. 
Put a rubber band around the top of the towel and stick the spoon handle through the rubber band and push it down to the bowl of the spoon.
Cut a length of ribbon and tie in a bow covering the rubber band
Take your potholder and accordion fold it 2-3 times.
Cut a length of ribbon and tie it around the middle of the potholder (tightly, to keep the potholder together)
Glue the potholder to the back of the spoon/towel
Take star garland and form into a small circle
hot glue to the bowl of the spoon to make the halo
(optional, and if the potholder doesn't have a hanging loop on the top - Take a small piece of ribbon and tie into a loop. glue to the back of the spoon to act as a hanging loop for the angel.

More photos:



Mine alongside the original:


Back view:


If anyone needs step-by-step photos, I still have one more to make that I could take photos of.

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